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Ergonomics Part Two – Stay Pain-Free (A Book Printer’s Tips)

Long before a self-publishing author can even think about sending their manuscript off to the book printer’s, they will be investing hours upon hours in front of a computer or typewriter. The writing process can take its toll on an author because, in order to get any amount of work done, a writer is required to work in the same position for hours at a time. As a result they are subject to a real possibility of repetitive strain injuries. Fortunately the study of ergonomics has uncovered the secrets of positioning and equipment use that makes these injuries preventable.

Ergonomics can differ depending on whether you’re writing by hand or typing at a computer. Since many writers do both at some point it is imperative you understand the differences. Here are a few more important tips for reducing your pain as a writer:

When setting up your computer screen:

  • The monitor should be an arm’s length away and the screen should be centered in your line of vision.
  • The top of the screen should be level with your eyes.
  • Adjust the height or tilt of the screen to eliminate light glare. This will reduce eye strain.

To reduce contact stress while writing manually:

  • Use the lightest hold possible on the pen while still maintaining control.
  • Refrain from leaning on the wrist or forearm as you work.
  • Use a pen or pencil with a rubberized grip or increase traction by wrapping a rubber-band around its barrel.

To avoid awkward postures:

  • Position the elbow at an angle greater than 90 degrees.
  • Keep your hand relaxed and avoid forceful bending or hyperextension of finger joints when holding your pen.
  • Use a sloped desk to avoid bending the neck or rounding the shoulders forward.

Everyone knows a great book isn’t written in a day. It can take several weeks, months, and even years before it’s complete and ready for the book printer’s. If you’re able to work pain-free you can work longer and those hours will be spent concentrating on your book and not the pain you would otherwise be feeling.

Once your work is finished, you’ll need to send it off to the book printer’s so your work can get on to bookstore shelves as soon as possible. For more information about self-publishing, contact the expert book printers at CMYKGraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.

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Author Ergonomics – A Book Printer’s Tips To Keep You Pain-Free

At some point, most writers have experienced some form of pain or cramping while honing their craft. A stiff hand and an ache through the wrist is often associated with writer’s cramp. Contrary to popular belief, however, writer’s cramp is not an overuse syndrome. Instead, it is a problem of lost coordination and control of movement arising in the basal ganglia of the brain. Specific, fine motor skills, such as writing and typing create localized, sustained muscle contractions that cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. When done in an improper position, these movements can lead to the development of repetitive strain injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome. The position of the body and the objects you’re working with play a major role in eliminating the aches and pains you might experience while writing or typing.

Here are some tips for reducing your risk of pain from the book printers at CMYK Graphix :

While writing:

  • Use the lightest grip possible on the pen or pencil you’re using.
  • Use a felt-tip pen, gel pen, or roller ball so the tip glides easily over the paper.
  • Do not plant your wrist or forearm on the desk. Glide over the surface of the desk using your shoulder to initiate the movement of writing.

While typing:

  • Refrain from slanting your wrists up or down. They should be held slightly higher than the keyboard.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed and elbows unlocked.
  • Do not rest your arms on the arm rests of your chair.

Sitting position:

  • Your feet should be flat on the ground with your knees at a 90 degree angle.
  • Your back should be resting against the back of the chair and the lumbar support should fit into the curve of your lower back.
  • Arm rests should fit just below your arms when your arms are at a 90 degree angle.

By utilizing these tips you’ll see a vast reduction in the pain and cramping you experience as a writer. For most of us, that also means we’ll be able to write longer and focus more on the task at hand, which means your hard work will be finished and off to the book printer’s sooner than you could imagine. When that time comes, contact the book printers at CMYK Graphix, Inc. to self-publish your masterpiece.

For more information, contact the experts at CMYKGraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.

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